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Park Activities

Find out about things to do in your local park.


Orienteering requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.  Participants use a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. We have created several maps to help you combine map reading skills and physical exercise whilst being able to enjoy the natural surroundings of a park.

pdf icon Orienteering Maps [3Mb]

Outdoor GymsEnjoying Outdoor Gym at Forest Rec

Each fitness area is free to use and suitable for all ages and abilities. The equipment has a mixture of cardiovascular (works your heart and lungs) and toning stations which use your own body weight as the resistance to your workout, meaning you can either be gentle or push yourself that little bit harder.

Outdoor fitness areas can be found at the following locations:

  • Bulwell Forest, Bulwell
  • Barton Green, Clifton
  • Clifton Central Park, Clifton
  • Forest Recreation Ground, Forest Fields 
  • Chediston Vale Park, Basford  
  • Strelley Recreation Ground, Strelley 
  • Independent Street Park, Radford
  • King Edward Park, Sneinton 
  • Robin Hood Chase, Sneinton 
  • Heathfield Park, Basford 
  • Vernon Park, Basford 
  • Ruddington Lane Park, Clifton 
  • Valley Road Recreation Ground
  • Whitemoor Park, Basford
  • Bulwell Hall Park, Bulwell 
  • Southglade Park, Bestwood 
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Silverdale Play Area, Clifton 
  • King George V Playing Fields, Aspley

Get more out of your outdoor gyms for FREEOutdoor Gym at Heathfield

Outdoor gyms are fun and a great way to be active and do your 5 x 30 minutes of activity per week. Be active for your health and happiness!

Click on the links below to download programmes for all levels of ability for The Forest and Clifton outdoor gyms as well as technique instruction videos:

Forest Recreation Ground
Beginners [423kb]
Intermediate [423kb]
Advanced [423kb]

Beginner [499kb]
Intermediate [499kb]
Advanced [500kb]

Remember to warm up by starting out gently on the cardio equipment, and gradually increasing your speed and intensity over the course of the first 10-15 minutes.

Click below to view technique instruction clips for equipment:

      Cardio                                                 Resistance                           
The BikeThe Leg Press
The Ski WalkerThe Chest Press
The TreadmillThe torso Twist
The Cross TrainerThe Lateral Pull Down
The Sit Up
The Tai Chi Discs
The Pull Up and Dipping Bars

Remember to cool down and stretch properly at the end of your workout.

Fitness Bootcamps

Fitness Bootcamps are currently run by the following groups:

Vernon Park & Valley Road Park - On the Ball Coaching

Forest Recreation Ground - British Military Fitness

Victoria Embankment - British Military Fitness

Wollaton Hall - British Military Fitness

Highfields Park - Ultimate Park Fitness

Strelley Recreation Ground - Jake Wood

Bilborough Park - X Force Fitness

All the above groups have permission to use the specified park for this activity. If you would like to use one of our other parks to run your own Bootcamp, please contact the Parks & Open Spaces team on 0115 9152733 for further information.

Please note - you will need permission to use a park for this activity otherwise your insurance might be invalid.

A walk in the park

parksA walk in the Park is a programme of free short walks in local parks and open spaces in the City. There are 11 self guided walks that are available to use that can be completed at your own pace and at a time that suits you

These walking routes offer you the opportunity to improve both physical and mental wellbeing in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. The walks also enable people to discover more about Nottingham's parks, local history and wildlife. A motivational diary is also available to download which can be used to record details of your walks. For more information, please visit

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Wollaton Hall Walk

In addition to the "walks in the park" The Wollaton Hall walk is a two hour circular walk from Wollaton Hall to Martin's Pond which allows you to appreciate one of the Country's finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, a brilliant Local Nature Reserve and all the neighbouring wildlife! To view the route please download the Wollaton Walk leaflet

Tree Trails

Our parks are home to a variety of different trees. Some are native to the United Kingdom and are quite common, but there are also some non-native, rare species. These trails take you on a walk around the sites and explore some of the significant trees which have been planted over time.

pdf icon Arboretum Tree Trail [1Mb] (Also, why not try our pdf icon Arboretum Heritage Trail [7Mb] )

pdf icon Victoria Park Tree Trail [4Mb]

More to follow soon!

Waterpark at Bulwell bogsPaddling Pools and Water Parks

Closed for the season (Open Saturday 5th May 2014 to Sunday 31st August 2014)

  • Bulwell Bogs, Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QL (10:00am - 4:30pm)
  • Victoria Embankment, Embankment Road NG2 2JY (11:00am - 7:00pm)

Table Tennis

Nottingham City Council currently has 2 permanent outdoor table tennis tables located in Bulwell Hall Park. The tables are free to use, simply turn up and play - just bring along your bat and balls and start playing! For more information on how to play table tennis please visit

A new table tennis table is also due to be installed at Bulwell Forest recreation ground soon - watch this space!


Cycling is a great activity and can help you get fit and improve your health. It's also a great way of getting around - especially for shorter journeys. Nottingham has some great places to cycle as well as organisations which can support and help you to get back in the saddle!

Nottingham City Council is working with British Cycling to increase recreational cycling in Nottingham. For more information on Nottingham City's programme of FREE guided cycle rides taking place from June to October this year, please visit


parkrun is a free 5km timed run, jog or walk that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Colwick Country Park and Forest Recreation Ground. Whether you are interested in taking part as a keen club runner or simply to improve your health and fitness, then parkrun is for you! For more information on parkrun and how to register, please visit:

Walking for Health

Nottingham City Council is working with Best Foot Forward to offer a number of short walks in the Nottingham City area. These free guided health walks offer you the opportunity to improve your health, make new friends, have fun and get to know your local environment. Everyone welcome!

For more information and a list of the walks available in Nottingham, please visit or see the download below.